Italians’ planned ski descent from Lhotse draws flak

Authorities have started investigation against an Italian expedition that has unveiled plan to ski down from the summit of Mt Lhotse (8,516 meters), according to a news report published on The Himalayan Times daily.
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The expedition members are also using drone-mounted cameras to take aerial photographs of the expedition. They, however, has not received permission to take aerial photographs.
Expeditions should take permission from Sagarmatha National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – to take aerial photographs.
The expedition has received permission to climb Mt Lhotse from the difficult South Face route, according to the officials of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).
Renowned ski trainers Edmond Joyeusaz and Federico Colli are already at the Lhotse Base Camp waiting for favorable weather.
Officials of the division said the expedition, which is being managed by Amici Treks & Expedition, has only obtained permission to summit Lhotse.
In the expedition’s blog, which can be read at (http://lhotseskichallenge.com), Federico has stated that they have taken aerial photographs of the mountain and the base camp.
Meanwhile, the expedition has applied for ski permit at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.
As per the existing rules, the department can slap fines and seize equipment if the expedition members are found guilty.

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